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UTRECHT, Netherlands — Team LottoNL-Jumbo, which is the 2015 iteration of the Belkin team, was officially presented Thursday. Key team staff and athletes such as Robert Gesink, Laurens ten Dam, and Wilco Kelderman were on hand to introduce the team’s new look.
Belkin was involved with the cycling team for only a brief period — it’s sponsorship began mid-2013, and it announced it would withdraw from the sport earlier this year. In 2014, the team won stages at notable races such as Paris-Nice, Volta a Catalunya, Tour de France, and the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah.
Jumbo Supermarkten, a Dutch chain of supermarkets, was introduced as the second title sponsor of the new speedskating and cycling team.
Richard Plugge, director of the Belkin team said, “Now that the contract with Jumbo Supermarkets is a fact, we can continue with building a future for cycling and speedskating, together with young talents. Previously, Robert Gesink and Bauke Mollema have transformed themselves into top-level cyclists. Wilco Kelderman and Moreno Hofland are also part of cycling’s top.
“The team wants to reach the highest level shortly with riders such as Mike Teunissen and Timo Roosen. Kjeld Nuis and Annette Gerritsen are exponents in the development of talents in speedskating. Within a few years after their junior period at the team, they obtained great results at the world championships and the Olympics. The collaboration with Jac Orie’s speedskaters enables us to work with the best athletes the entire year round, as one team. We are confident that we can excel together and can inspire a new generation of top-level athletes and to reach numerous fans.”
Team LottoNL-Jumbo is a merger of a professional cycling team and a professional speedskating team, which it says is a new organizational model in Dutch sports. The two teams plan to share knowledge and benefit from the cross-pollination that comes with combining their efforts.
“It is fantastic news that we have completed the team with Jumbo,” said speedskating coach Jac Orie. “I am also pleased that our ladies have received a spot in Team LottoNL-Jumbo. We can continue with building a successful team the following years. I look forward to working with the cycling section on a great team, that will hopefully entertain the Dutch sports fans for 12 months a year.”
One of cycling’s elder statesmen is retiring from professional racing after a successful career spanning three decades. Karsten Kroon (Tinkoff-Saxo) turned pro in 1997 with Rabobank. He rode for Team CSC from 2006-2009, then BMC for two season, and wrapped up his career with Tinkoff-Saxo from 2012 to present.
Kroon rode his last race in Sunday’s Japan Cup, and after returning home, he confirmed that it was the right decision.
“I feel fortunate,” Kroon said. “I have had a great career with many defining memories. I have made many close friends in cycling, and that is something valuable for me. But I can honestly say that I’m ready to retire from racing. I’m tired after 18 seasons and I look forward to spending time with my family and kids.
“I want to thank Bjarne Riis for believing in me during the years and giving me the opportunity to spend the best seasons of my career on this team. My two seasons on BMC in 2010 and 2011 were plagued by two potentially career-ending crashes, but the team gave me another chance to come back and to finish my career the way I had wished for.”
The 38-year old Dutchman rode his first season in what is now the WorldTour in 1999. He steadily evolved into an experienced specialist in the northern classics. In 2002, in his first Tour de France, Kroon won stage 8. A victory that he describes as his biggest sporting moment.
“My stage win in the Tour is what I’m most proud of. It is something every rider dreams about. It was my first Tour de France, and I remember how surreal it seemed, when I rode across the line.”
But there’s also another less-known result that stands as the pinnacle of his career.
“It might sound a bit strange, but the 2009 world championships in Mendrisio is perhaps the greatest experience of my career,” he said. “I was dropped in the final part of the race and finished 20th, but I have never had better legs than I had that day in Switzerland. It was almost mythical for me. I remember that I felt as if I could keep going on my limit for hours and hours.”
According to Kroon, he hasn’t decided on his future yet. But one thing is for sure; he will take some time off from racing and training.
“I think I’ll relax with my family and wait awhile before I decide what the next chapter in my life will be.”
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PARIS (AFP) — Vincenzo Nibali insists his Astana team’s doping problems will not prevent him from defending his Tour de France title next year.
In the past month, three Astana doping cases have come to light, with Kazakh brothers Maxim and Valentin Iglinskiy testing positive for the banned blood booster EPO and trainee Ilya Davidenok, another Kazakh, returning an adverse analytical finding for anabolic steroids.
Already once before, in 2008, a reigning champion was prevented from defending his title because his Astana team was barred from the Tour over a number of doping scandals.
That was Alberto Contador, who was prevented from taking the start line even though he only joined Astana after winning the 2007 Tour.
Contador would also lose the 2010 Tour, won in Astana colors, after testing positive for clenbuterol.
Yet Nibali says he has no fears of the same thing happening to him, despite cycling’s governing body, the UCI, revealing it is reviewing the Kazakh team’s license.
“I don’t think there are big problems for Astana’s license,” said the 29-year-old Sicilian.
“The incidents that happened concern the Iglinskiy family, it’s a separate thing.
“As a team we can’t respond to what two brothers got up to. As for the last one [Davidenok], he’s not one of ours, he’s part of the Continental team and is not managed by us [the professional team] but by someone else.
“Certainly things happened a few years ago but the team has changed and it’s also my responsibility to give more clarity [by racing clean] on my part.
“But there is great serenity in the team in terms of my way of racing and my sporting seriousness in these years.”
Course favors Nibali
Turning his attention to the route for next year’s Tour, Nibali said he felt it would give him an advantage.
There is only one time trial of 14 kilometers, as well as a 28km team time trial, reducing the amount of time he could lose to superior riders against the clock, such as Chris Froome, the 2013 champion, and two-time winner Contador.
“I’ve always liked the time trials but it’s true that it can be difficult against the great time triallers who can always produce something extra,” said Nibali.
“But in the last Tour I think I defended myself really well [against the clock].”
It has been widely acknowledged that next year’s course, despite the potential for problems in the first week due to high winds in the Netherlands, Normandy, and Brittany, or the cobbled sections on stage 4, that it will be won and lost in the mountains.
Froome complained the course was not balanced enough, although Frenchmen Jean-Christophe Peraud and Thibaut Pinot — second and third in this year’s Tour — were quite happy to see that.
“Next year’s Tour is going to be about the mountains. There’s very little emphasis on time trialling which means the race will be decided up in the high mountains,” complained Froome, who was hoping for longer time trials to gain time on his rivals.
Peraud, who is an excellent time trialist and a former French champion in the discipline, said: “The best climber will impose himself on this Tour, if he gets through the first week well, with the wind and cobbles.”
Pinot, who admits time trialling is not his strength, said the course should make for intriguing racing.
“We’ve seen that time trials can provoke big time gaps so fewer time trials means more suspense, and that’s better for the spectacle.”
With eight potential sprint finish stages, the fast men seem as happy as the purist climbers.
German Marcel Kittel, who has won the first and last stages of the Tour the last two years, said he was looking forward to the first week.
“For me personally, as a sprinter, I like the first week, even if there are cobblestones,” he said.
“But it will be really hard after the first week!”
The short 110km penultimate stage with three huge mountains and a finish up the Alpe d’Huez is of particular concern for sprinters wary of making the time limit.
“This year was definitely very, very hard and next year it’s going to be a bit similar with short stages just before the Champs Elysees, so it’s very dangerous (for someone) to be out of the race just before the end,” Kittel added.
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MILAN (VN) — Austrian Matthias Brändle (IAM Cycling) will attempt to beat Jens Voigt’s hour record on October 30.
“I am delighted that a young rider is interested,” UCI President Brian Cookson said in a press release. “This proves that the Hour Record has again become a dream for athletes, including those of the new generation, as well as for cycling fans.
“I am convinced that in the future many other riders will attempt to add their names to the prestigious list of legendary Hour Record holders.”
The 24-year-old will try to break Voigt’s 51.115-kilometer mark next Thursday on the velodrome of the UCI World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland at 7 p.m. local time, marking almost one year since the hour record came back in the spotlight.
Last fall, classics and time trial specialist Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) began planning for an attempt in the 2014 season. He was going to try after racing Paris-Roubaix or after one of the grand tours, but the Swiss cyclist’s dream was put on hold when the UCI began considering a rule change.
The governing body issued a rule change on May 15 to allow track-style pursuit bikes and to annul its 2000 rule that insisted cyclists use traditional bikes in the Eddy Merckx position. The 2000 rule change did not help one of cycling’s historic events because only two riders — Chris Boardman (2000) and Ondrej Sosenka (2005) — upped the mark after that.
Prior to that, cycling stars like Fausto Coppi, Jacques Anquetil, and Eddy Merckx were going after and setting new marks. Equipment and positions evolved that saw Francesco Moser, Graeme Obree, Miguel Indurain, Tony Rominger, and Chris Boardman break the record in “extreme” positions that were reclassified with the 2000 ruling.
The May 15 change may have forced Cancellara to backpedal, but it cleared the way for others. Germany’s Voigt, one of cycling’s most popular figures, signed off on his career with the record September 18. He acknowledged it was the first and early mark for the big men like Cancellara, Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), and Bradley Wiggins (Sky) to beat.
“OK, boys, it’s up to you,” Voigt said. “Give it to me.”
Wiggins already said he wants to attempt to break the mark in June 2015 after racing on the road and before fully transferring to the track as he eyes the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
“I want to prepare for it properly. It will give me something to get out of bed for in the winter,” Wiggins told the BBC in September. “I want to have a go at the one hour record next year after what Jens did last week.”
Martin said he is open to trying to break the record, but has not said when he could do it. Cancellara still has the record on his list, possibly in 2015.
“Cancellara and the team are still talking about it,” Trek’s general manger Luca Guercilena told VeloNews in July. “We never abandoned the idea.”
In the meantime, young riders have their space and time to try. Twenty-four-year-old American Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing) indicated he might be interested, while 26-year-old Brit Alex Dowsett (Movistar) said he wants to try this winter.
Now, however, it is Brändle’s turn.
“I have decided to try my luck with the record-breaking effort partially because Jens Voigt has been a role model for me since my childhood,” Brändle said. “His personality and style mark him out as an exceptional man in my mind.
“After he made his own successful assault on the Hour, I knew I also had to try and match his effort. Within just a few weeks, I surprised myself since I was dreaming his dream for myself. Just imagine if I have what it takes to match and improve upon his performance.”